Chinese Minister discusses Doklam with Bhutan

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China on Tuesday said it discussed bilateral ties, boundary issues including the  Doklam plateau with Bhutan during Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou’s three-day visit to Thimpu.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou  has met Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, according to Bhutanese officials.The two sides exchanged views on China-Bhutan ties, boundary issues and reached many agreements,” he added.

Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji and Kong also held discussions on “matters of mutual interest”, officials said.

The two sides exchanged views on China-Bhutan ties, boundary issues and reached many agreements,” he added.

“During his visit, he met the fourth and fifth kings (Jigme Singye Wangchuck and Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck) of Bhutan and its Prime Minister (Tshering Tobgay). He also held talks with Bhutan’s Foreign Minister (Dmacho Dorji),” Geng said.

China has no diplomatic ties with Bhutan with which it has a border dispute. The Doklam plateau is a part of the disputed border where the boundaries of India, China, and Bhutan meet.India and China were locked in an over two-month long military stand-off near their boundary in the Doklam plateau, contested by both Beijing and Thimpu.

China has offered 269 square kilometres of area in the western sector to Bhutan in lieu of 100 square kilometres in Doklam. Bhutan refuses to accept this.

“The two sides should continue to push forward the border negotiations, abide by the principled consensus reached, jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border areas, and create positive conditions for the final settlement of the border issue,” said the Chinese Foreign Ministry.(IANS)

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